I’ve written constantly for thirty days now. This is post number thirty-one. My Grammarly Insight stats are soaring. I feel better about my writing. In fact, I have never felt clearer when it comes to my thought process. I am finally getting to learn how I think and who I am.
How It Began
How does it always? It all started with a personal problem. Not a unique one, as a matter of fact, like all things in the world. Post one was to show the world to I was firm, when I wasn’t. It was a grasp at normalcy. Post two was to re-affirm that sight, tightening that grasp. The third one was the charm though because that was where the fun began. I started liking how I felt in that one hour of typing every day. Almost like, words literally flew out of me.
It’s funny how post number one should’ve been the Decluttering one but I took a gap of three days between that and Weekday Vegetarianism for some reason. Not everything is perfect, they say. It doesn’t have to be, though.
It was getting interesting because of two main reasons.
The Ideas Didn’t Stop
As I started writing daily, a list of ideas started to form and I had more and more to write about. In fact, every small thought or event started becoming a blog post on its own and before I knew it, I was already at week two or somewhere like that.
I have a Google Keep note that says “Blog Post Ideas”. I have it since before my streak began. It used to be blank. It has over fifteen entries still. That is after thirty-one days of consecutive content. What started as something to find ideas to blog on has now become a throwing ground of any epiphany, stale thought or spontaneous rambling.
The Appreciation Didn’t Either
My traffic increased. I don’t care about that part though. Instead, I started loving how people started coming up to me personally and telling me that they noticed I’ve posted a lot in the recent days. I started receiving messages. The appreciation kept me going even on days when I felt like ending the streak.
The initial goal was for seven days. At seven days, I was like, let’s keep it going. That was when the appreciation began. It wasn’t all out and crazy. Instead, it was subtle and comforting. It feels nice when people find joy, happiness and a whole lot of emotions in what you spend hours doing diligently.
To be honest, I don’t know. My Grammarly Insights for this week put my Writing Streak at 5 weeks. It also says I was more productive than 98% of Grammarly users with 34,283 words checked. It also said I used 2723 unique words and that was just in between 14th-21st of August. Damn. That is a lot of writing, to be honest.
Why Stats Are Important
They are important because… bragging rights, for starters. Also, because I love stats. I track or at least try tracking everything. I track Sleep, Expenses, Mood, Series, Books, and so on. You get the idea. So, the fact that Grammarly automatically sends you a weekly digest with your stats is extremely boosting, to say the least. It is oddly inspiring to see how many words you’ve written in 7 days when writing is the only productive thing you did in those seven days. It makes you feel like you’re doing something right.
My Blogging Routine
I figured out a lot on what and how I write. I learned that I have two distinct zones in the daily clock and the type of content I write depends on which one I choose to write in.
The zones are afternoon-evening, somewhere between 4:00 and 6:00 PM, and night which begins at 8:30 PM.
I learned that when I can still see the light of day with a cup of coffee in my hands, I usually am ready to take on more challenging posts. Posts where I push an idea forward and try to push it positively and crisply.
The late night posts are usually me summarising an experience or pushing a general update and here’s what I learned through this. These are usually from the heart and more intimate. There’s something about coming undone when the light falls down. The darkness outside the window is oddly comforting.
Both of these are important. It keeps things interesting and unpredictable. I’m sure that it does it for me. I hope it does that for you too.
Well, the streak will end. Obviously. I won’t post constantly but I will post more. I realised that posting every day, no matter how amazing it feels, does burn you out and also leaves little time for everything else. While I do dream of writing full time, I think it can wait for another six months, at least. I’ll see what I can do with that goal once I’m done with my college which is supposed to be a full-time degree anyway.
That said, I have loads of ideas and I know I’ll gather more in the meantime. How about I aim for double digit archives for every month? I guess I’ll go with that.
I was posting from buses, posting while rushing out the house, posting from cafes, from libraries and from cabs. It’s like I had a beta version of the digital nomad lifestyle.
To be honest, I’m burned out right now. I’m burned out emotionally, mentally and physically. Icarus was flying too close to the sun, perhaps. So, I’m giving myself a little breather.
This experiment, irrespective of how and why it began, turned out to be extremely fun.